Smartly - Farming will be revolutionized by this innovation
Aquaponics: Sustainable Farming Technique
Did you know that we can integrate fishes and plants into one system that will benefit both humanity and the environment? The answer is Aquaponics.
Let's find out how exciting this innovation would be to the Agriculture industry
Aquaculture and hydroponic
Aquaponics is the integration or combination of raising fish (aquaculture) and the soil-less growing of plants (hydroponics).
Fish and plants can grow together in one system, and this is what aquaponics does. First, the fish waste will provide an organic food source for the growing plants, while the plants provide a filter (natural) for the water, to where the fish will live.
The microbes or the nitrifying bacteria, as well as the composting red worms, are called the bacteria media. The nitrites then to the solids and then the solids will become the plant’s food. Food for the plants is known as Vermicompost.
Aquaponics uses nutritious fish effluent
Aquaponics uses highly fish effluent. It contains no chemicals or dirt solutions, as it only contains nutrients needed for optimum plant growth.
Purified water can be reused.
The innovation of Aquaponics will change the traditional farming system; because it uses plants, microbes and composting red worms in purifying the water.
Another good news is that purified or filtered water is reusable.
Three Aquaponics Methods
Aquaponics has three methods: The raft-based aquaponics, media based and hybrid methods.
The raft-based method uses a foam raft floating channel filled with fish effluent water that has been filtered to remove the solid wastes. This method is the most appropriate for growing green salads and low-nutrient plants.
Media-based aquaponics provides both the ammonia-based waste and solid waste filtration. This second method is ideal for large, fruiting plants.
The third method is the combination of raft-based and media based aquaponics, and are called hybrid aquaponics. These media beds became the solid waste's pre-filter before the water enters the raft-holes. Among the three, hybrid system provides flexibility, high productivity, and low maintenance in planting.
Very environmentally friendly, sustainable, economical and sufficient. Happy farming!
“All the human and animal manure which the world wastes, if returned to the land, instead of being thrown into the sea, would suffice to nourish the world.”
- Victor Hugo, Les Misérables